Apple has been ordered to amend the apology placed on its webpage explaining that Samsung's Galaxy Tab did not infringe the design of the iPad, in another embarrassing episode for the company in the UK courts.
The idea behind the apology was to make it clear to consumers that may have read about the Apple's ongoing patent disputes with Samsung that in the eyes of the UK legal system the Galaxy Tab does not infringe Apple's intellectual property. However, when Apple placed its apology on its website it also included information about non-UK cases where the device had been found to infringe on the iPad.
In response, appeal court judge Robin Jacob has admonished Apple for failing to adhere to the ruling, and he also accused the firm of publishing statements that are "untrue" and "incorrect".
"I'm at a loss that a company such as Apple would do this," judge Jacob said today, according to a report on Bloomberg.
"That is a plain breach of the order."
The firm must now amend the notice within 24 hours.
Apple reportedly claimed that it would take 14 days to amend the wording on its site, a claim that infuriated the already incredulous judge.
"I would like to see the head of Apple make an affidavit setting out the technical difficulties which means Apple can't put this on their site," he said, according to Bloomberg's report.
"I just can't believe the instructions you've been given. This is Apple. They cannot put something on their website?"
Apple had not responded to a request for comment by the time of publication.
Samsung said it "welcomed the court's order".
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